Two Philadelphia medics were treated and released from Temple University Hospital after being stabbed in an ambulance by a man struck by a car early Monday near Roosevelt Boulevard and Berkley St., police said.
The 40-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was struck while walking along the southbound shoulder of Roosevelt Boulevard at 5:26 a.m., police said.
According to NewsWorks content partner NBC10, the man was in a “semi-conscious state” when loaded into Medic 25 ambulance near the city’s Germantown neighborhood.
“While en route to the hospital, the patient came to, punched one of the medics, attacked the other and jumped out of the ambulance, according to firefighters,” the report stated. “A fire truck was trailing the ambulance. After the man burst out of the ambulance, he threw the oxygen tank at the fire engine and darted off.”
The man, who reportedly stabbed the medics with a pair of scissors, was found shortly thereafter and taken to hospital, where police say he remains in critical condition.
It took a Taser to subdue the man who allegedly tried to steal the firetruck.
1:10 p.m. Update:
“The chaotic early morning incident at 19th and Erie that began with an emergency response to a car accident demonstrates the dangers our union brothers and sisters face daily in the City of Philadelphia,” said IAFF Local 22 President Bill Gault. “It appears that our paramedics will be alright. Were it not for their quick thinking, valor and training, the situation could have been much worse. This criminal matter is now in the hands of the police department. Accordingly, the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union Local 22 will have no further comment at this time.”
June 25 Update:
Officer Tanya Little, a police department spokeswoman, said the man was charged last week in connection with the case.
Kenneth Moore, 40, of the 500 block of W. Abbotsford Ave., faces two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of simple assault.
There was no information about how he came to be hit by a vehicle that morning, or if a driver has ever been located.